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Round 5 review
IMG 3505
by GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko
After the free day our players may look rather solid with four draws out of six games (for the first time in this tournament!). But if you check the games you'll find out the same exciting maner of play with lot of unexpected turnovers, narrow escapes, well, sometimes disappointing mistakes but as well quite a few nice touches which would be a pity to miss.


Zhao,Xue - Ju,Wenjun

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 21.09.2012

As was already pointed out in one of the previous reports Ju Wenjun's choice of King's Indian against 1.d4 is quite predictable, so I suspect Zhao Xue went to the game well prepared. 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0–0 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3 Na6 8.0–0 Ng4 9.Bg5 Qe8 10.h3 h6 11.Bh4 exd4 12.Nxd4 Nf6 13.Bf3 Nh7 14.g4
14...h5 An interesting novelty, but to be honest the whole line seems to be suspitious for Black. 15.Qd2 c6 16.Rae1 Nc5 17.Bd1 a6? This allows nice tactical solution. [17...Qe5!? 18.Nb3 hxg4 19.hxg4 Nxb3 20.axb3 Re8 would promise Black some counterplay.]
18.Nf5! Typical but still very nice! 18...gxf5 19.exf5 Qd7 20.b4 White wins the piece back, leaving her opponent with ruined pawn structure and horrible lack of development. 20...hxg4 21.Bxg4 [Even stronger seems to be 21.hxg4!?± ] 21...Nf6 22.bxc5 dxc5 23.Qxd7 Bxd7 24.Na4
23...Rae8? Final mistake. [Was it good or bad, Black had to play 24...b5 25.Nxc5 Bc8 where some technique is still needed from White.] 25.Nb6! Bc8 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Rd1!+- White's position is completely winning as Black forses are paralyzed. Black desperately tried fight for a draw but Zhao Wue showed no mercy and converted her advantage into the full point. 27...Nxg4 28.hxg4 Bc3 29.Rd3 Bd4 30.Kg2 Kg7 31.Rb3 Re4 32.Nxc8 b5 33.Nd6 Re2 34.Ra3 Be5 35.Rxa6 Bxd6 36.cxb5 Be5 37.Rxc6 Bd4 38.a3 Ra2 39.b6 Rxa3 40.b7 Rb3 41.Rc7 Be5 42.f6+ Kg6 43.Rxc5 Bf4 44.Rc4 Bb8 45.f4 Rxb7 46.f5+ Kh7 47.Re4 Rb2+ 48.Kf3 Bd6 49.g5 Rb5 50.Kg4 Rd5 51.Re8 Bc5 52.Bg3 Bb4 53.Rb8 Bc3 54.Rf8 Rd7 55.Kh5 1–0

Yildiz,Betul Cemre - Munguntuul,Batkhuyag
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 21.09.2012

White has got typical slight advantage in the middlegame with opposite colored bishops, however never went close to victory. The game seems to be balanced till the very end.
25.Bd5 b6 26.Qc2?! Perhaps the only move White could blame herself for. After Black's responce that's going to be realy hard to break through, so [26.exf5 deserved serious attention here, as after 26...Rxf5 27.Qa4!? Qc8 28.g3 White seem to have something more concrete compared to the game, however it's still hard to squeeze a win out of that.] 26...f4 27.f3 Rf6 28.Rd3 Rh6 29.Rfd1 Qc5+ 30.Qf2 Setting a trap, however too obvious one, so Black avoids it easily.
30...Qc7! [Careless 30...Qxf2+ 31.Kxf2 Rxh2 would be a disaster for Black after 32.Be6! and d6 falls, for instance 32...Be7?! 33.Bh3 Bh4+ 34.Kg1 Bg3 35.Rxd6+-] 31.b4 Bh4 32.Qc2 Qa7 33.a4 Rc8 34.Kf1 Bd8 35.h3 Qe7 36.b5 White desides to block the queenside to ensure there going to be no danger connected with b6-b5 break, however after that it's hard to find any active plan for either side, so draw seems to be quite logical. 36...a5 37.Bc6 Bc7 They've played it for another 25 moves without much progress untill relieving repetition was found. 1/2

Socko,Monika - Muzychuk,Anna

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 21.09.2012
Monika went for Exchange Slav, which could indicate drawing intentions, however being given a chance to repeat moves in the opening she showed a fighting spirit and continued the game. In diagrammed position she seem to have an innitiative.
26.Qg3 [White could try 26.Nf6+!? gxf6 27.Qg3+ Kh7 28.exf6 Bxf6 29.Qd3+ Kg8 30.Bxa3 , but Black should have enough resorses to keep the equality.] 26...Kh7 27.Qf3 [Now it's too late for 27.Nf6+ , as after 27...Kh8 knight has to retreat.] 27...Qf8 28.Qd3+ Kh8 29.f4 Qc8 30.Bxa3?! [White could fight fir advantage with 30.f5 Qc2 (after 30...exf5 31.Ne3 White seem to have serious pressure.) 31.Qxc2 Nxc2 32.f6 Bf8 33.fxg7+ Bxg7 34.Nxh6 Bxh6 35.Bxh6 Nc6 36.Kf2 N6xd4 37.Nxd4 Nxd4 38.Bf8 followed by g2-g4, and Black would face an unpleasent task of defending inferior endgame.] 30...Bxa3 31.f5 exf5 32.Ne3 Nc6 33.Nxf5 Nb4 34.Qf3 Nxa2 35.Qg4 Bf8 36.Nxh6 Qxg4 37.Nxg4n 37..Ba3! Starting from this moment Black played the ending on the very high level, while her opponent made few inaccurasies and eventually lost... It took Anna fifty more moves to win this game and tie for the leading position first time in this tournament. 0–1

Ozturk,Kubra - Kosintseva,Tatiana
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 21.09.2012

Tatiana managed to overplay her opponent in relatively harmless endgame (well, at least it seemed so) but than something strange had happened to her as she started to miss one winning continuation after another. Kubra showed great fighting spirit and finally managed to secure a draw.
52...Rc4+?! Sufficient to keep the advantage (as was any other reasonable move), but [52...f6 would win on a spot, as on 53.Kd5 Black has got 53...Rxc8 54.Rxc8 Nb6+ , winning a piece.] 53.Kd3 Nxe5+ 54.fxe5 Rc6 55.Ke4 Kg5? Serious inaccurasy, after which a win for Black is problematic to find. [Brutal 55...f6! 56.exf6 (56.Nd6 Bxd6 57.Kd5 Rc5+ 58.Kxd6 Rxe5 59.Rxa6 Kg5 and I can't imagine anything "more winning".) 56...Rxf6 seems to be the easiest way.] 56.Nd6 Bxd6 57.Kd5 Rc5+ [More or less easy Black could win after 57...Bxe5!? 58.Kxc6 b4 59.Kd5 Bc3 60.Rxa6 Kg4 61.Rc6 Kxg3 62.Ke4 g5 63.Rb6 g4–+] 58.Kxd6 Rc3 59.Rxa6
59...Rd3+? Final mistake! After this careless check White is getting a vital tempo to save the game. [59...Rxg3 60.Rb6 Rb3 61.Ke7 Kf5 was still winning for Black.] 60.Ke7! Re3 [60...Kf5 61.Rb6 Rd5 62.Kxf7 Rxe5 63.Rf6+!= (63.Rxg6?? Re7++-) ] 61.Kxf7 Rxe5 62.Rxg6+ Kf5 63.Rf6+ [63.Rb6=] 63...Kg4 64.Rf4+ Kxg3 65.Rb4 Kf3 66.Kf6 Rc5 67.Ke6 Ke3 68.Kd6 Rh5 69.Kc6 Kd3 70.Rxb5 Rxb5 71.Kxb5 1/2

Stefanova,Antoaneta - Ruan,Lufei
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 21.09.2012

Antimeran Slav had been played in this game, Antoaneta managed to get an advantage after the opening stage but failed to find the way to increase her pressure and eventually Ruan Lufei managed to equalise.
18.b4 Tempting but too soft! [18.Bxf6 gxf6 (18...Nxf6 19.c5²) 19.c5! would've promised White longterm positional advantage as Black's bishop remains passive on b7. Next line is far from being obvious, however it indicates some dangers what could wait for Black - 19...bxc5 20.Rac1! cxd4 21.Nxd4 Kf7? 22.Bh5+ Ke7 23.Rxc6!! and White is winning.] 18...c5! Now Black get's reed of her passive bishop and obtaines nice counterplay. 19.Bxf6 gxf6 20.bxc5 Bxf3!? 21.gxf3 [21.Bxf3 bxc5 22.d5 e5 23.Rab1 would still be slightly better for White.] 21...bxc5 22.d5 Kf7 23.dxe6+ Kxe6 24.Rd5 Rg8+ 25.Kf1 f4 26.Rad1 Ke7 27.Rf5 Ne5 28.Rxf4 Rxd1+ 29.Bxd1 Rd8 White has managed to win the pawn but Black's active pieces promices enough counterplay for minimal material deficite. Antoaneta tried to prove the opposite for another thirty moves, but finally had to accept the draw... 1/2

Koneru,Humpy - Cmilyte,Viktorija
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Ankara, 21.09.2012

Black's main fasion nowadays agains 1.d4 - Grunfeld Defense - had been played in this game.
12.Ne4 A bit of a sideline - typical opening strategy from Humpy. 12...Bxe4!? 13.Bxe4 Re8 14.Bg2 c4! This seem to solve Black's opening problems. Knight from b8 now ready to start his jorney to d3. 15.Nc3 Na6 16.Be3 Nb4 17.Qd2 Nd3 18.b3! Otherwise Black may start to think of something more than equality! 18...Rc8 19.Bxb6 Qxb6 20.bxc4
20...Nb2!? [20...Rxc4 21.Rab1 Bxc3 22.Qxd3 Rb4 23.Bf3 would be just as equal as the position in the game.] 21.Rab1 Nxc4 22.Qf4 Qd6 23.Qxd6 Nxd6 24.Nb5 Nxb5 25.Rxb5 Black's position might seem slightly more pleasent, but White of course shouldn't be in any danger assuming the fact Humpy already realisied at this point she supposed to be carefull. 25...b6 26.a4 Bf8 [26...Re2 27.a5 Bd4 28.d6 Rd2 29.d7 Rd8 30.axb6 axb6 31.Rd5=] 27.a5 Rc5 28.Rxc5 Bxc5 29.axb6 axb6 30.Rd1 Bd6 31.Rb1 Bc5 32.Rd1 Bd6 33.Rb1 Bc5 34.Rd1 Bd6 1/2

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